The United States positively assessed the results of the referendum on amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan
The United States supports the reforms carried out by the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in the areas of protecting human rights and political modernization of the republic. This is stated in a letter from Uzra Zeya, Deputy Head of the US State Department, who oversees issues of democracy and human rights in the department.
“The United States fully supports the reforms of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, on political modernization and reform of the human rights protection system, and also assesses the referendum held on June 5 as the next step in the implementation of these reforms,” the Kazakh Foreign Ministry quotes the representative State Department.
Washington added that the United States is always ready to assist Kazakhstan “on the difficult path of democratizing the state system of government”, as well as in creating “open and receptive institutions” and strengthening “the sphere of human rights protection together with an independent civil society.”
In addition, the message of the representative of the State Department notes that Washington wants to see Kazakhstan peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic.
June 5, a referendum was held in Kazakhstan to amend the Constitution of the republic. According to the CEC of the republic, more than 77 percent of the citizens who came to the polling stations supported the changes to the main document of the country.
The amendments, in particular, finally abolished the death penalty in Kazakhstan. Also, provisions on the status of the first president of the republic, Nursultan Nazarbayev, were excluded from the document.
Last week, Tokayev took part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). During his speech, he stated in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin that Kazakhstan is not going to recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, calling them “quasi-state” territories.